The five-seat sedan can be found in L, LE, XLE as well as sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is common, with a V-6 optional on the SE as well as XLE. I examined the much-improved Camry Hybrid individually. The new Camry won't go on sale up until October, but I drove most variations at a media preview.
2012 Toyota Camry Price
That Point's New?
Toyota explains the Camry as all-new-- 7th generation, upgraded from top to bottom-- yet the designing recommends a milder update. The car's size, size as well as wheelbase remain the exact same. The headlights look even more improved than reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, yet the side profile resembles the old Camry.
The Camry SE has flashy body therapies and also 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base model. Better integrated than the outward bound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions had all the makings of a discount nose surgery-- it's the clearest redesign of the number, if you could follow its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and a great deal of woodchuck.
The upgraded cabin feels richer, if less constant, than previously. Clothed with sewn artificial natural leather as well as a chrome-flanked, elevated center panel, the dash has great deals of high end eye candy. The top quality exceeds sight alone-- the environment controls feel weightier as well as the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.
I prefer the last Camry's soft seats to the brand-new version's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the chauffeur's seat has great change array, and the center console does not encroach on hip or knee room. Though the backseat is not as spacious as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits grownups great, with good clearance and also a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE loses its reclining rear seat, however all trims get a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE and also XLE rear seats didn't fold.
A couple of locations get the short shrift: economical rear door panels, a worn headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power windows throughout. Overall, however, cabin quality really feels competitive, if except the Kia Optima and also Passat. And the Camry's practicality-- substantial storage cubbies, exposure unconfined by a descending roofline or thick home window columns-- ought to draw purchasers.
Trunk quantity actions 15.4 cubic feet, up from last year's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) as well as beating the Accord. If trunk area is high up on your checklist, look into the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion. Both cars and trucks leading 16 cubic feet.
The Gripe is Grasp
The previous generation Camry fasted: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscular with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, in addition to a 2 mpg enhancement for every variation in consolidated city/highway gas mileage, according to EPA price quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder as well as 25 mpg with the 6, the Camry leads all competitors but the Sonata. Debt Toyota for slendering most variations down greater than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electric power guiding and also equipping the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on 4 of the 5 adjustments. Like the majority of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed discovers multi-gear downshifts, yet it upshifts efficiently and usually kicks down quickly sufficient. (Toyota has actually gone down in 2015's stick shift.) Exactly what's more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 and 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and the old cars and truck's comatose guiding responses and highway discomposure have lessened. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout fast lane modifications-- the Accord and also Combination maneuver much better-- but it really feels extra positive than it did.
The tires, nevertheless, are anything yet. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced rolling resistance boosts gas mileage. Unfortunately, it comes with a high cost. Prod the accelerator, as well as the front wheels rotate away. On sweeping contours, the tires break from the line early, checked just when the conventional digital security system calls order. The outward bound Camry employed common Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers stray. Most awful of all, I observed this after hrs of moderate driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a blustery winter day, I are afraid the Power Savers would certainly fare even worse.
The Camry XLE and also four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, as well, lack much grip. The V-6 SE has 18s and also Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- finally!-- play good. They suit the SE, which improves its discordant precursor. The last SE dealt with also improperly to warrant its rough ride. I drove both generations back-to-back, as well as the new one leans more however handles far better-- sharper equilibrium, stylish wandering, better guiding comments. I just wish Toyota had worked comparable magic with the suspension. It doesn't container as a lot through splits and also ruts, yet tiny bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some competitors-- the Suzuki Kizashi particularly-- find better ground between ride as well as handling. The Camry SE has actually boosted, however it's not there yet.
Ordinary Camry trims ride a touch firmer compared to previously, however overall comfort still impresses. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in a little bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, as well as the direct reaction improves on the Camry norm.
Security, Features & Prices
Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 typical airbags. As called for of all 2012 designs, an electronic stability system and antilock brakes are conventional. An unseen area caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the cars and truck, however authorities told me the popular LE design won't stray much from its 2011 cost-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and also the cost of the SE as well as XLE "will be significantly lower" than their predecessors. Those trims were about $24,000 and $26,500, specifically, with transmissions.
Do not expect to find a Camry L easily. Toyota says the base trim will comprise less than 5 percent of all sales-- mostly to commercial fleets, not customers. Basic functions consist of air conditioning, cruise ship control, power accessories, Bluetooth and an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless entrance as well as a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Check all the alternatives, as well as the Camry can have heated up leather furniture, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL audio, 2 separate navigating systems (see the images to contrast) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information below.
Camry out there
Toyota opted for short conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Eke out one more 2 mpg, improve the guiding as well as handling, boost the brakes. Some customers might wish the carmaker had actually decided to throw a designing long ball, as Kia as well as Hyundai did. Toyota could lose out on some brand-new purchasers since the redesign looks too mild.
Yet I'm unsure the Camry needed a designing overhaul; nevertheless, its predecessor had matured well. The carmaker should recover the nameplate's online reputation for bulletproof dependability, which has sunk to just ALRIGHT in recent years. The interior is a couple of flubs except family-car quality, and also the skateboard tires mar an or else improved driving experience. But the perceptiveness stay, and on the whole the Camry has actually improved significantly. It continues to be, more than ever, a poster automobile for your right brain.